Digital Library

Image Gallery FAQ

The thousands of images on this site represent only a small portion of the more than 1.5 million illustrations and photos from the Smithsonian Libraries collections. The images available here represent a broad cross-section of the Libraries' holdings. Additional images and collections are added regularly.

The Smithsonian Libraries’ provides reproductions from preexisting digital files or new digital photography of material from its collections to students, academics and creative professionals in publishing, design, broadcast and other media.

About the Collection

Caldwell & Co. organized their photographs into four main formats – large binders, medium binders, small binders, and large and small presentation boards. Within these formats, they were organized according to lighting type or product type - brackets, chandeliers, table lamps, furniture, andirons, etc. The drawings were also organized by type, but unbound.

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